Tour beyond Gaborone and visit various heritage sites, monuments and community organisations in the area surrounding Gaborone. Possible itineraries are
- Manyana rock paintings – the most visited rock painting site in the Gaborone area, the paintings are spread over five separate areas of rock cliff face. Images include giraffe, antelope, human figures and geometric designs, all of which date from between 1100 and 1700AD. They were in all likelihood made by Khoe (click-speaking) herders.
- Kolobeng – The site of David Livingstone’s third and final mission station was Kolobeng, approximately 20 kms west of Gaborone, past Gabane. Here he built the house and church where he and his wife Mary would work to convert the local Bakwena to Christianity. Their daughter Elizabeth, who died at the age of six weeks, is buried here. What remains now is the foundation of the house.
- On the way to Mochudi we pass through Oodi, The Lentswe-la-Oodi Weavers, Swedish-initiated cooperative (established 1973) situated in Oodi village. The weavers are mostly women who now fully own the cooperative – produce handwoven wall hangings, tapestries, runners, napkins, cushion covers, jackets, and bedspreads, all designed by the weavers themselves.
- Once in Mochudi we travel up a small path up the hill from the kgotla leads to the Phuthadikobo Museum. Packed with information about Mochudi’s history, its has a collection of historical photographs shows women making pottery, blacksmiths operating bellows, chiefs making rain, houses being decorated, and boys’ and girls’ initiation rites. Artifacts include pottery, basketry and other traditional utensils, weaponry, as well as Regent Isang’s rain-making pots.
- Further north on the main road, just after the village of Rasesa is the Matsieng Footprint. This National Monument consists of a slab of sandstone pierced by two deep holes, as well as engravings. Legend says that the first ancestor of the Batswana, Matsieng – a giant, one-legged man, climbed out of one hole, followed by his people.
These day trips also include a taste of local cuisine. The tour begins at the 3 Chiefs Monument or a pick up from your lodging facility if within the city.
The tour includes:
• Pick-up and drop off to your place of residence/lodging facility
• All transport in our vehicles
• A Professional guide
• Entrance fees where applicable